3 Ultralight backpacks

Gossamer Gear Murmur 36

Our take If your weight-saving efforts only start with cutting your toothbrush in half, this 8-ounce pack is for you. “I’ve carved my backpacking package to just the basics, and that’s why I enjoy the Murmur: It has done the same,” one tester states. The pack easily fit her range, pad, sleeping bag, food, and bivy on a four-day trek near Lake Louise, Alberta. Although there’s no framesheet (the Murmur has just a foam backpanel and is susceptible to barreling), it carries reasonably well: Our tester easily carried 20 pounds up 11,230-foot Mt. Lefroy.

The details Like the 2018 Editors’ Choice Award-winning Mariposa 60, the Murmur promotes ease of access on the move. Two mesh side pockets each stash 32-ounce bottles, and 11 webbing rings hold quick-access items like gloves and sunglasses. (A stretchy front pocket fits a tarp and rain gear.) Although it weighs less than a can of soup, the Murmur is difficult: Its 30-denier ripstop nylon body held up over 40 getaways, consisting of a trek through Washington’s Enchantment Lakes. “I raked through riots of blackberry vines, however the pack never ever ripped,” one tester states. Downer: No compression straps, so the packbag flops around when it’s not full.

Path cred “I lined the within the packbag with my foam sleeping pad for additional structure and assistance, makinged bring my load much easier,” stated one tester after a three-day hike in Arizona’s Red Rock Secret Canyon.

$ 160; 8.2 oz.; one size; 36 liters; Buy Gossamer Gear Murmur 36

Gregory Optic 48/Octal 45 (women’s).

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Our take Many ultralight packs skimp on the suspension to cut weight, but the Optic dollars that trend. “Even when I was carrying 40 pounds up narrow switchbacks, this pack provided terrific support and never ever felt overmatched,” one tester stated after a season of directing treks in Nepal’s Mahalangur area. Credit the full-perimeter frame, working in tandem with an aluminum stay that adds strength and minimizes the barrelling (where the pack bulges versus your spinal column) that afflicts some ultralight designs. The outcome is a healthy pack that transfers multiday loads straight to the hipbelt. “During 3 days on Idaho’s Long Canyon Trail, the Optic kept my 30-pound load where it needed to be, which warded off fatigue,” one tester says.

The details While the Optic brings like a full-featured pack, it’s dialed back in other areas. Gregory cuts weight with thin,/- inch compression straps that still lock cargo down tight. The shoulder straps have more foam over the shoulder and collar bone, to cushion pressure points, and less along the chest, where you do not desire or need bulk. Shedding the toplid and raincover saves 3.4 ounces.

Path cred “Nice touch: The V-shaped compression straps on the bottom of the pack can be routed over or under the mesh side pockets, so they do not disrupt my water bottle,” one tester says.

$ 190; 2 lbs. 8 oz. (m’s M); m’s S-L, w’s XS-M; 48 liters/45 liters; Buy Gregory Optic 48/Octal 45.

Granite Gear Crown2 38.

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Our take Most multiday packs– even ultralight designs– feel cumbersome or floppy on day missions. Not the Crown2, which transforms into an 8-liter daypack with simply a couple of changes and has nine compression straps for flexible packaging. One tester lived out of the pack for a week in rural Guatemala, then battened everything down for a fast-and-light hike up the 8,426-foot Pacaya volcano. “I’m a well-known overpacker,” she says, “and I especially appreciated the 15 liters or two of extra area– beyond the pack’s mentioned 38– given by the Crown2’s roll-top closure and floating cover.”.

The details The Crown2’s plastic framesheet extends to the bottom of the foam hipbelt for comfort with loads up to 35 pounds. Its foam backpanel sits flat versus the lumbar, keeping the weight near your back. “Stability sets this pack apart,” states one tester who humped 30 pounds through Wyoming’s Wind River Range. “No matter the surface or how fast I was moving, it stayed tight to my body.” Ding: Although there are air flow channels in the Crown2’s backpanel, they were too shallow to assist cool our backs much.

Path cred “I valued the Crown2’s flat bottom, which enabled the pack to remain upright without falling into the mud while I dug for an extra layer on the hike up to Ice Lake, Oregon,” one tester reports.

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